Biography of William S. Whiteman
Rush County, IN Biographies





WILLIAM SEWARD WHITEMAN, a well known retired farmer of this county, now living at Milroy, where he has made his home for nearly twenty years past, was born in that part of Rush county, a member of one of the pioneer families thereabout, and has been a resident of this county all his life. The Whitemans have been residents of this county for more than a century, the first of the name to settle here having been Jacob and Mary Whiteman, who came over here from Ohio in 1819 and established their home on a tract of "Congress land" two miles southwest of where the village of Milroy presently began to have its being, and were thus among the real pioneers of this region, that having been in the days before Rush county had a separate civic identity. Jacob Whiteman was a Pennsylvanian and his wife was a native of South Carolina. They developed a farm out of the wilderness in which they had settled and there spent their last days, the results of their labors persisting in the present generation, and the land which they entered from the Government still is in the possession of the family. One of their sons, William Whiteman, eventually came into possession of the quarter section tract and on that place, on which he was born, he spent all his life, living to .the ripe old age of eighty years. William Whiteman was born on June 5, 1829. He married Emily Warriner, who also was born in Indiana, and established his home on the old home place, later increasing his land holdings to 188 acres. He and his wife were the parents of six children: Clara, who married Daniel Power; Horace G.; William S., the subject of this sketch, and Mary, Martha and Emma. William S. Whiteman was born on June 5, 1862, on the place which his grandparents had entered from the government and there grew to manhood, receiving his schooling in the schools of that neighborhood, and continued farming with his father until after his marriage in 1886 when he rented a farm in Orange township and began operations for himself. Four years later he returned to Anderson township and bought a farm of eighty acres a mile and a half west of Milroy on which he established his home. He developed this place in excellent shape and as his affairs prospered added to his holdings until he became the owner of 188 acres which he still holds. There he remained until 1902 when he retired from the active labors of the farm and moved to Milroy, where he is still living, contirniing, however, to give pretty close supervisory attention to the affairs of the farm. It was on September 9, 1886. that William Seward Whiteman was united in marriage to Clara Crane, who also was born in this county, daughter of Isaac and Belinda (Carnerer) Crane, and to this union one child was born, a daughter, Nellie, who married Faud B. Harcourt and who died on April 12, 1915, leaving a little daughter, Lois Catherine. Mr. and Mrs. Whiteman have a pleasant home at Milroy and have ever taker. an interested part in the general social affairs of their home community. They are members of the Methodist church and for some years Mr. Whiteman has been a member of the board of trustees of the church. In his political views Mr. Whiteman is a Republican, as was his father, and has ever given a good citizen's attention to local civic affairs, but has not been a seeker after office. He is a Mason, a member of the local blue lodge, and takes a proper interest in the affairs of that ancient fraternal organization.

From:
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Indianapolis 1921


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